Better government services.
Governments need to understand how citizens behave and how policies affect people’s lives. In addition to good policy, citizens also demand better government services. Properly deployed data can dramatically accelerate both goals. However, expanding government use of data increases concerns among citizens regarding individual privacy and the reach of government.
Data within the government is decentralized. Before a department shares data with other departments, it is anonymized to keep the data secure and private. This is a costly and time-consuming process. Governments hold a lot of personal and other highly privacy-sensitive data. These should only be processed carefully and in full compliance with national and EU privacy laws.